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Alice (Milla Jovovich) & Spence (James Purefoy) are a society couple in
a luxurious mansion, but in reality they are the guardians of The Hive,
a giant (the size of a city) underground research lab of the global Umbrella
Corporation, that tests/produces chemical & biological weapons. Too bad the
Hive is under attack, & too bad both Alice & Spence are affected by
some nerve gas that gives them a nice little (if temporal) amnesia.
as it may, a SWAT-team that is to investigate the underground goings-on
considers it a good idea to take the 2 amnesiacs with them underground to
investigate, & also a possible terrorist they have just captured, Matt
Once inside the Hive, our little gang has to realize everyone
is dead here (& the Hive had a few thousand employees), & the computer
controlling the Hive, Red Queen, has not only gone completely mental, but it is
also armed to the teeth & doesn't mind the occasional killing.
turn off the computer, the team is seriously downsized by the latest in laser
technology, but after Red Queen is turned off, it gets even worse, with zombies
suddenly turning up everywhere & taking out our gang of soldiers one by one
until it's down to a handy quintet: Alice, who for some reason has taken
command, Matt, who turns out to be the good guy who wanted to expose Umbrella
but instead has lost his sister Lisa (Heike Makatsch) in the Hive, the soldiers
Kaplan (Martin Crewes) & Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), who has of course been
infected by one of the zombies, & Spence, who to noone's real surprise
turns out to be the bad guy, who on one hand wants to guard Umbrella's secrets
at any price, on the other hand he infected the Hive with the zombie virus in
the first place (if you are thinking "what ?" now, you are of course
But eventually, Spence is infected as well, & when he finally
gets to the antidote, he is taken out by a mutant (oh, did I forget to mention
the Hive was holding mutants as well ? Well, what did you think, this ain'T the
Finally, Alice & the others are getting to the antidote as
well, but it's already too late for Rain, who, once a zombie, has to be shot
dead ... well, shot deader.
Kaplan dies somehow as well, but Spence &
Alice kill the mutant & make it to the surface ... when Spence, having been
scratched by the mutant, becomes a mutant as well (must be an infection), &
is immediately dragged off by some nice men in white to another Hive, while
Alice is drugged & sent to a hospital.
Later, Alice wakes up, &
wouldn't you know it, the whole world has already been overrun by zombies ...
face it, Milla Jovovich wearing a short & tight dress shooting her way
through some zombies & kicking some serious behind is a sight for sore eyes
.... yet this movie totally fails to impress: Resident Evil is nothing
more than a blatant rip-off of any number of trashy Italian zombie-movies from
the early 80's, but told without any panache or irony, with one-dimensional
characters (at best) & no real build-up of tension ... actually the film
resembles more the succession of shoot-outs found in a computergame - which is
exactly what Resident Evil was based on.
So maybe the film did succeed
in bringing its source adequatly to the screen ... it's just a shame it turned
out to be such a bad movie.